Reds vs. Cubs - 9/29/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chicago Cubs (90-65) at Cincinnati Reds (63-93)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)
D Haren (9-9) (3.83) vs. Josh Smith (0-2) (7.23)
The Line: Cincinnati Reds +119 / Chicago Cubs -129 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds begin a three-game series Tuesday night.
The Chicago Cubs look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Cubs have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cubs have lost four of their last five when scoring three or less runs. Anthony Rizzo leads Chicago with 156 hits and 95 RBI while Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro have combined for 165 RBI. The Chicago Cubs have won five of their last eight road games. Dan Haren gets the ball, and he’s 9-9 with a 3.83 ERA and 123 strikeouts this season. Haren is 5-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Reds.
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The Cincinnati Reds need a win to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Reds have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Reds have lost 10 straight when scoring three or less runs. Joey Votto leads Cincy with 167 hits and 78 RBI while Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier have combined for 156 RBI. The Cincinnati Reds have lost five straight home games. Josh Smith takes the hill, and he’s 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This is Smith’s first career game against the Cubs.
The Cubs are 14-5 in their last 19 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Harens last 5 road starts. The Reds are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-4 in Smiths last 5 starts. The Cubs are 13-6 in the last 19 meetings.
Anybody want to be brave enough to back the Reds during a nine-game losing streak? Anybody? Me neither. I'm going Cubs with a veteran pitcher until Cincy wants to look like an MLB team again.